Broome is known as the pearl of the North West. Being remote makes it a somewhat hidden gem of Australia. As soon as you arrive in Broome you instantly feel relaxed…
Broome is a photographers dream, with white sandy beaches, aqua blue water and incredible sunsets.
There are a lot of amazing resorts in Broome; the best choices are near Cable Beach, which enables you to walk to the beach and to the many restaurants in the area. You are on Broome time so don’t expect quick service but who cares, you have nowhere to be, you’re on holidays!
If relaxing isn’t your style… don’t panic! Here are WAE’s Top 7 things to see and do in Broome:
# 1 Horizontal Falls
The Horizontal Falls, located in the Buccaneer Archipelago within the Kimberley Region, have been described by David Attenborough as “One of the greatest wonders of the nature world.”
This natural phenomenon occurs due to intense tidal current rushing through two narrow coastal gorges. The water builds up in front of the gaps faster than it can flow through causing up to 5-metre high waterfalls between the two bays.
The only way to get out to the horizontal falls on a tour is by seaplane, with tours running from both Broome and Derby. The seaplane flies over the Buccaneer Archipelago, which is made up of eight hundred islands. Be sure to have your camera ready because before you land on the tranquil waters of Talbot Bay, you fly above the Falls and get to witness nature at its best.
# 2 Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park is located 15 minutes outside of Broome. It is home to some of Australia’s largest crocodiles. It’s a must-visit when you are in Broome.
Here you can hold baby crocodiles, watch the daily feed and hear stories of the many crocodile inhabitants. It’s extraordinary to hear the chomp when a croc bites down on the food, so much power and aggression. There’s also plenty of other Australia wildlife if you want a break from the crocs.
# 3 Willie Creek Pearl Farm
There are plenty of pearl farms in the Kimberley. Willie Creek is the closest and located 38km North of Broome on the scenic tidal estuary of Willie Creek.
Here you can do a 2-hour guided tour which includes how pearlers seed live oysters to produce pearls, a boat tour of the stunning Willie Creek and most importantly, Pearl Shopping. For those that don’t like shopping but want a thrill, there are many different scenic helicopter rides available at the farm that provide an amazing view of the surrounding area including the northern end of Cable Beach.
# 4 Cable Beach
This 22km long beach was named Cable Beach due to the 1889 telegraph cable that was laid between Broome and Java. You can’t come to Broome without going on one of the famous sunset camel rides. It should be on everyone’s bucket list.
During the peak season, winter, you can hire stand up paddle boards, kayaks and plenty more. Cable Beach has the best sunsets I have ever seen. Driving down onto the beach, setting up a camera and watching the sunset is my favourite thing to do in Broome.
Warning: Cable Beach is a clothing optional beach and if you are in Broome during the winter months beware!
# 5 Gatheaume Point
Gantheaume Point is located at the southern end of Cable Beach, with its red rocks and cliff faces it’s a complete contrast to Cable Beach. At very low tides, below 2.16m, go searching for the 130 million-year-old dinosaur footprints. During migration period you can witness whales swimming pass.
# 6 Hire a Scooter
Scooters are the way to go for transport in Broome, it’s completely flat it’s a real thrill zooming around on two wheels. They are also really cheap to rent!
# 7 Matso’s
You can’t visit Broome without having a meal at Matso’s Brewery. The food is amazing but more importantly, their speciality beers are legendary.
How To Get There
Broome is 6 hours north of Port Hedland. Be warned there are only fuel stops at Pardoo and Sandfire. Broome is 2,348km north of Perth or a 2.5-hour flight.